Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Los Pumas fixture list confirmed for 2012



The governing body of Argentine rugby, the UAR has announced an impressive list of fixtures both home and away for Los Pumas in 2012. Argentina is to take on almost every Tier One rugby country on the planet and will play twice as many matches per year as what it had been playing in the years since Rugby World Cup 2007. Before entering The Rugby Championship in which Los Pumas will face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa both home and away Argentina is to host Italy for a one off test match before hosting France for two test matches. The location for these matches is yet to be confirmed as is the location of Argentina´s home matches in the new expanded Tri Nations.

It has been indicated by members of the UAR and SANZAR that two of the three matches that Argentina will play at home will be in Buenos Aires with the third rumoured to be hosted by Rosario. Further to these rumours are that La Plata will host both South Africa and New Zealand with Rosario hosting Argentina´s final home match, vs the Wallabies. Talks have also pointed to Buenos Aires as likely hosting one of the two test vs France with the two other being played inland - potentially in two of the likes of Córdoba, Mendoza, Santa Fé and Tucumán.

Following the completion of The Rugby Championship in early October Argentina´s international players will return to club duty in Europe before returning for international duty one month latter with Argentina to begin its three test European tour in Wales against the this years World Cup semi-finalist. Argentina will then take on France one week latter and end its tour with a match vs Ireland. The location for all these matches is yet to be confirmed.

Los Pumas International Fixtures 2012

June Home Matches
June 09 Argentina vs Italy
June 16 Argentina vs France
June 23 Argentina vs France

The Rugby Championship
August 18 South Africa vs Argentina, Cape Town
August 25 Argentina vs South Africa
September 08 New Zealand vs Argentina, Wellington
September 15 Australia vs Argentina, Gold Coast
September 29 Argentina vs New Zealand
October 06 Argentina vs Australia

November European Tour
November 10 Wales vs Argentina
November 17 France vs Argentina
November 24 Ireland vs Argentina

4 comments:

  1. Targets for 2012:

    Win all June matches

    Win one Tri Nations match, and get a losing bonus point in two other matches

    Win two of the three November matches

    hopefully PREPARATION TIME together will make a big difference compared to the last four years, where if I remember correctly the squad came together just two days before the start of the 2009 November matches

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  2. Pretty much spot on there Bryn.

    Incidently the coaches, if they are the same, have said that the top players will be rested and not play in the June internationals. This effectively means that the starting XV for The Rugby Championship will mostly not feature and the likes of Martín Bustos Moyano, Agustín Figuerola and Esteban Lozada will play against Italy.

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  3. what? reserve team

    if that is the case then those June matches will be a farce, thinking about it the Pumas aren't doing much in July, why couldn't the June matches be in July so they aren't so near to the end of the Top 14, those matches would be good for the side to gain confidence and play with each other so it would be good if as many players as possible played in it

    if they're going to play a reserve team it should be against a second tier nation or non international side like French Barbarians

    the Pumas need ALL players to be available if they are to compete in the 4N

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  4. I gather it will also depend a lot on which teams make the play-offs. Players out of action earlier because their clubs are not involved in the semi-finals, etc will likely feature in June.

    So, if this is correct, its going to be a mix of fringe players like Agustín Figuerola, Martín Bustos Moyano and players whose teams have been eliminated like, lets say, Manuel Carizza, Marcelo Bosch and Gonzalo Camacho.

    I think Argentina can still have a very strong side but will miss something like seven players.

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